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Thursday, November 7th 2019

Disrupting Rumination: Changing the Thoughts that Underlie Anxiety and Depression

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House, 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

Overactive brain circuitry can trap people in cycles of ruminative thinking, and that neurobiologically based rumination links anxiety and depression—two disorders that concur in about 50% of our clients.

Whether clients experience depressive themes of worthlessness and inadequacy or the anxious full-of-dread cognitions, repetitive patterns of negative thoughts keep people locked into distress. Letting go isn’t easy. Mental habits, reinforced by life experience and strengthened by repetition, form a neurobiological rut into which clients fall repeatedly. Stuck in this rut, people become unable to change behaviour, and in response, it is no surprise that therapists themselves can begin to feel stuck, wondering how to promote change in thought and action.

In this workshop, we’ll examine why clients lock into depressive patterns that increase their unhappiness, and we will explore the four subtle reasons they hold on to worry. Understanding these underlying rationales helps clients increase both their confidence and ability to change their mental habits. More importantly, we’ll explore pragmatic, achievable solutions to disrupt the rumination and stuck behaviours, eliminating these patterns and replacing them with attitudes of calmness and competency. After utilizing experiential and interactive methods, you will leave prepared to offer your clients effective tools to end rumination, alter stuck behaviours, and move into recovery from depression and anxiety.

Known for her humour, pragmatic treatment approaches and interactive teaching style, Dr. Wehrenberg is a sought-after speaker and consistently receives the highest ratings for her dynamic presentation and high-quality content. Most seasoned professionals often rank her training “as among the best I have ever attended.” This workshop is packed with good information and strategies.

You Will Learn:

How to improve treatment compliance by applying a basic understanding of neurological causes of rumination and how to assess and change in anxious and depressed clients
About four underlying causes of depression and immediate therapy interventions that will rapidly disrupt the ruminative themes of worthlessness and inadequacy
How to frame four purposes of worry and how to apply techniques that break the hold of worry
How to interrupt the ruminative cognitions that decrease energy and then apply self-reinforcing techniques that can energize clients
How to teach clients to identify the impact of situational stressors
About four approaches that reduce and eliminate the damage of stress that underpins both anxiety and depression
How to interrupt helplessness and stuck problem-solving by activating the default mode network and using cognitive techniques to increase capacity to activate positive cognitive processes and problem-solving

About the Presenter:

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of 8 books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including the best-selling, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques and its accompanying workbook. An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety and contributes articles for The Psychotherapy Networker magazine. She has produced audio soundtracks available on her website for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery. Margaret blogs on depression for Psychology Today.


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